Letter sent by departing Republican voter to LA Times

The following letter was sent into the LA Times Thursday morning. It speaks volumes and needs no explanation.

“I am a senior citizen who has been a registered Republican as long as I can remember. I am not usually a letter writer, but I felt it important to tell you why I withdrew today from the Republican Party.

“The Republican Party used to be a party of principles and reason. But over the last several years it has supported or winked at lie after lie, including: the birther lie, the ‘very fine people on both sides’ lie, the COVID is a hoax lie, the election was stolen lie, and the insurrection was a peaceful protest lie.

“Now, the party ousts from its House leadership a person who tells the truth. Others in party leadership have become cult leaders, promoting lies for money and power, sucking up to a minority of conspiracy theorists. Our democracy is being destroyed.

“I can no longer be part of a political party that has at its foundation a platform of lies. No other issue really matters. I will never vote for any Republican until the madness is exorcised from the party.”

16 thoughts on “Letter sent by departing Republican voter to LA Times

  1. One day the message will be drilled home or it will be a party with no members. The new party formed by all the politicians who refuse to promote all the lies will be seeing success in the polls. And they won’t need the dead wood.

    • David, as we know from experience watching untruthful people, it takes a lot of energy to perpetuate lies. One begets another and one lie won’t be large enough to satisfy a certain large and very fragile ego. Keith

  2. I detect this is the work of an honest citizen and part of the bedrock of what was the USA.
    As with all parties in a democracy the principal battle revolves around the ‘floating voters’. These are very amorphous groupings and for party strategists identifying them can be quite a skill, this seems to rely upon convincing the floating voter that your party is the safe choice.
    If the Republican Party continues in this hands over ears, eyes closed and chanting a mantra approach it will serve to unsettle the floating voters even more and it will shrink into a hard core which will only win in local areas and a few states, while failing to convince that floating section it is the safe choice.
    And will ruin the political infrastructure of the United (emphasis on that word) States of America.

    • Roger, sadly, the folks who need to heed this message have been told not to listen. They are name called as RINOs or worse. To me, it would be nice to see more than a few write in. You are also right that others are watching what happens, so seeing reasonable people get trashed matters to them. Keith

      • It’s a not uncommon tragic state Keith. Folk will in their anger draw into a tighter circle.
        Although not as potentially destructive to the nation, as previously reported the same mindset happens in the UK.
        We can only hope that the majority just drift away from this cult-like attitude or that very tough focused person arises from the ranks and sweep this away.

      • Roger, good example. The Titanic leakage has started. Once the leakage starts to occur more, this ship will sink. Paraphrasing the movie captain, this ship is made of lies, it will indeed sink. Keith

    • Dear Roger,
      Hi! We can agree that the ongoing chaos inflicted by the Trump presidency finally culminated in the infamous riot in the Capitol. You and I can be justified for being cynical, snide, snarky and facetious in characterizing Trump as the symbolic messiah who is going to lead his misguided supporters to glory on Earth and the promised land! It is often futile to reason with such misguided folks. Perhaps only when the country truly becomes autocratic or fascist will they wake up, but then it will be too late.

      Needless to say, due to misinformation and disinformation, 2020 had been a difficult year, not to mention having to deal with the pandemic. It was all quite surreal, perhaps in some ways more bizarre than ghosts and the paranormal (not that I believe in such things). One could say that we live in interesting times indeed, but often for the wrong reasons. I have had to coin a new term: Viral Falsity.

      It is going to be a very tall order for the Biden presidency (or any presidency for that matter) to turn things around. It would have been much easier if some Republican senators had been far more honest and incorruptible, for they have been very greedy, uninspired, cowardly and lack criminal, moral and political accountabilities. It is all quite a big mess in danger of getting bigger still.

      Dear Keith,
      I am very much inclined to concur with you! 2021 is nearly half gone and the GOP is still on trial and has fared no better and seems to be getting (much) worse.

      Consequently, any reasonable person can conclude that the USA has been plagued by ignorance, dogma, falsity, blind faith, spiritual stagnation and epistemological impasse . . . . .

      I am very impressed that you have submitted the letter to LA Times on Thursday morning. Whilst some of us may take some comfort in our living somewhere else, there is the danger that oppressive politics may spread elsewhere or be mirrored by other corrupt politicians outside their origins. Democracy is not a given. It can be quite fragile, can fail rather badly, and often is approximately as good and benevolent (or bad and malevolent) as the members who practise, control and/or legislate it. We all need to do our parts in contributing to the smooth and equitable functioning of a civil country and democratic society. I have done mine in highlighting many of the most fundamental causes of the most pressing social ills and civic matters through my writings, and I hope that I have indeed shed very good light on these thorny issues in my latest and much expanded post entitled “Misquotation Pandemic and Disinformation Polemic: Mind Pollution by Viral Falsity“.

      This post of mine now contains twelve sections (plus a meticulously annotated gallery), all of which are instantly accessible from a navigational menu.

      Please kindly inform me if or when you think that I should include or incorporate some piece(s) of information, findings, statistics, critique and/or analysis into certain section(s) of the said post.

      Happy mid-May to you and Roger!

      • Hi there Soundeagle
        Looking at my part of the post.
        On the first part, I have to tread carefully because my own political views are somewhat European authoritarian (of the Left-Wing sort) and my suggestion on how that riot should have been dealt with would upset a lot of decent democratic folk.
        The fact that the previous occupant of the Whitehouse was not dealt with by due process of law was a disgrace.
        The fact that millions still believe him a hero shows, to be brutal (European again) they did not suffer enough during his tenure. And proves them to be traitors to your nation.
        OK, I’m done; now let me check out your post (see you over there).

      • Thanks Soundeagle. No question, social media and profit minded pseudo news networks have made a profession out of misinformation and disinformation. It should not be lost that Nixon may not have needed to resign if Fox News had been around then.

        Yet, we still must shine spotlights on the untruths. One of the things about lying, is they never stop and the story changes. So, the lying finally will bring the lying entity down.

        By the way, this is not my letter to the LA Times, nor is the one in my comments. I hope I did not convey them as such. Keith

  3. Note to Readers: Here is a letter in my local paper that caught my eye. “The GOP officially died May 12, 2021 when House Republicans stripped Rep. Liz Cheney of her leadership role. While I do not agree with Cheney or the late Sen. John McCain on a lot of issues, I would never question their feelings on country over party. The new GOP is now strictly courting the extreme.”

    • Janis, right now the Republican message is to rewrite the history of January 6 as well as promote The Big Lie on election fraud..Kinzinger and Cheney are pushing back strongly, as they have the truth on their side and have been giving a megaphone. I did see where one of Capitol police officers who survived the insurrection referred to Republican rewriting claims as “B*lls**t.” As I mentioned to Roger, now that the former president has shown that the truth does mot matter, the lies are just flowing. Plus, there is a belligerence to some’s actions like that of Marjorie Taylor Greene. Keith

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